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My Take: Muslims should stop apologizing for 9/11
Muslims praying last month in Los Angeles, California, at the end of Ramadan.
September 7th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

My Take: Muslims should stop apologizing for 9/11

Editor’s note: Aman Ali is a New York-based writer, stand-up comedian and the co-creator of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a Ramadan road trip across America.

By Aman Ali, Special to CNN

New York (CNN) - As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously?

Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?

I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it.

But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened?

Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?

Just like Christianity and Judaism, Islam unequivocally condemns terrorism. Don’t take it from me, though. Grab a copy of the Quran from a library and find out for yourself.

Don’t rely on some cherry-picked crackpot interpretation of the Muslim holy book that you read on some Islamophobic hack’s poorly designed website. Speaking of which, Islamophobes need to put down the Quran and pick up a book on HTML programming and Flash.

When 9/11 happened, I can understand why the average person would want to know what Muslims actually believe. After all, the terrorists claimed they were acting in the name of Islam.

That’s why hundreds of Islamic organizations around the globe condemned the attacks and told the truth about how Islam doesn’t condone terrorism whatsoever.

But that was 10 years ago. Why are mainstream American Islamic groups like the Islamic Society of North America, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim Public Affairs Council still condemning the attacks and just about any other act of terrorism that pops up in the news?

Weren’t we clear before how we feel about terrorism? If people didn’t understand us for the past 10 years, what makes Muslims think they’re going to understand us now?

If I have to explain 10 times to my little brother how to operate the toaster in my apartment, that’s not my fault because of inadequate messaging. It’s my brother’s fault that he’s dumb.

It’s ridiculous for Muslims to continuously condemn and apologize for stuff when every religion has their fair share of crazies.

Imagine you’re in the habit of partying with a group of friends. And every party you go to, there's a friend in your crew that spills grape juice on the carpet - the really awesome kind of grape juice that’s in the fancy wine bottles (we Muslims don’t drink alcohol but we still can party like ballers).

How would you feel if people stopped inviting you to their parties because your one friend kept spilling grape juice? That's how I feel. I'm really annoyed I have to keep apologizing or condemning Muslim extremists that keep spilling their grape juice of hate on the world.

Dictionary.com defines the word apologize as “to offer an apology or excuse for some fault insult, failure, or injury.”

When 9/11 happened, I was 16 years old and playing Tetris during English class on my TI-83 calculator. I’ll apologize for not paying attention to Mrs. Fulton’s lecture at my high school in Gahanna, Ohio, but that’s about it.

Just because people hundreds of miles away claimed they were Muslim and committed a terrible act doesn’t mean I should apologize for it.

Mike Tyson started sucking really bad in the boxing ring after he converted to Islam. Should I apologize for that? Oh, and I think I saw a few Muslim-sounding names in the production credits for the movie “Green Lantern.” I guess I should apologize for that, too.

I’m not trying to be insensitive about 9/11. Of course my prayers and sentiments are with anyone affected by the tragedy. The same goes for any act of terrorism.

But I’m not going to apologize or condemn them because I don’t need to prove my patriotism with some kind of McCarthyite litmus test. The Pew Research Center released a study last week that found that Muslim Americans are far more pleased with how things are going in the United States (56%) than is the general public (23%).

That finding is not going to provoke me to question the general public’s patriotism. But please stop questioning ours.

The 9/11 attacks were a terrible tragedy that changed all of our lives. There’s no way we can ever forget what happened.

But what we Muslims can do is advance the conversation, rather than repeating the same old condemnations. Condemnations and apologies are like an out of style fashion trend, the parachute pants and neon hair scrunchies of civil discourse.

What Muslims need is an extreme makeover. Now that’s some extremism I can get behind.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Aman Ali.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Opinion

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  1. James

    The thing is this; terrorism in the name of islam is not a past event. it's happening every single day and it is still being done in the name of islam. It's not like the problem is solved and people are being asked to apologize for the past... and I don't think we are looking for apologies. We want the muslims to actively denounce terrorism and we want them to turn in all muslims who they suspect are planning attacks. I don't think this is unreasonable but I do think it is unreasonable for the muslims to sit back and passively claim that terrorism is not what islam is about.. It's kind of like Iran claiming they aren't building atomic bombs yet all evidence suggests that they are. We can not afford to be fooled by these people.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Randy

    That's the way America works. We've been apologizing since the time of slavery to African-Americans, we've been apologizing to Native Americans since we put them on the reservations, we've been apologizing to women ever since they demanded equal rights but don't get them in the workplace, and pretty soon I'm sure we'll start apologizing to illegal immigrants because we aren't letting them use our civil services for free. Why should Muslim Americans be any different?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  3. Jackie Geaux

    "The Pew Research Center released a study last week that found that Muslim Americans are far more pleased with how things are going in the United States (56%) than is the general public (23%)."

    So, they are more happy with rampant ongoing unemployment, waning American influence, trade imbalances, gridlocked D.C. and malaise more than the average American. Things that make you go hmm...

    September 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  4. RossTrex

    There have been 17,710 terror attacks since 9/11. ALL in the name of allah, Muslims love to dismiss the dead created by Islam. Think of 17,710 people in a stadium..... that is just the number of terrorists that have died. Then add to that the numbers of people killed by the 17,710 terrorists and we fill that stadium. Islam has much to apologise for. Too bad Muslims will never learn who Mohammed really was. The evidence is clear, Islam is not a religion of peace or of God.

    The following list of Murder by Islam is just in the last two days. Maybe the Muslim comedian can make a joke about it.

    2011.09.07 (New Delhi, India) – Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami cadres use a suitcase bomb to murder twelve others outside a packed courtroom.
    2011.09.07 (Quetta, Pakistan) – Twin suicide bombers send over two dozen souls to Allah including a woman and three children.
    2011.09.06 (Yala, Thailand) – Islamists kill a 38-year-old Buddhist teacher, then set his body on fire.
    2011.09.06 (Narathiwat, Thailand) – A 9-year-old boy is among the victims of two attacks by Muslim gunmen, one at a teahouse.
    2011.09.06 (Zakaleo, Nigeria) – Four Christians are burned alive when militant Muslims set fire to their house.
    2011.09.05 (Faisalabad, Pakistan) – Islamic seminary students shoot an innocent member of the Ahmadi sect to death

    September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  5. LOL

    Not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims! Eat that Aman Ali ba ba!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • kiwigirlxc

      Umm, thats not true

      September 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  6. chris

    did we ever ask for your appologies. I dont think we did. So stop all your whining. Poeple today, i swear. I look foward to the day GOD comes back and judges all of us. Then we will see who is really sorry.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Pro

      yes, we are literally asked where are all of the moderate voices.There have been thousands of orgs and people who have spoken out against terrorism, but it fails to get play. But we continue to apologize. It's not whining. Also, you should act as humanely and speak as gently as Jesus did if you are actually following your scripture. Just saying

      September 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  7. Rainer Braendlein

    Al-Quds Mosque Hamburg

    (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, search)

    Al Quds Masjid Hamburg:

    Basic information:

    Location: St. Georg, Hamburg, Germany

    Affiliation: Islam

    Architectural description:

    Architectural type: Mosque

    Architectural style: backyard

    Completed 1993

    Al-Quds Mosque Hamburg (Arabic: مسجد القدس, meaning "Jerusalem", or Masjid Taiba مسجد طيبة) was a mosque in Hamburg, Germany that preached a radical form of Sunni Islam. Al-Quds is where some of the September 11 attackers including Mohamed Atta, attended and met one another, forming the Hamburg cell.[1]

    History:

    The mosque opened in 1993, and was run by the Taiba German-Arab Cultural Association.[2] It occupied a three-story building near the Hauptbahnhof rail station in a red-light district, in the St. Georg section of Hamburg.[3]

    Interior of al-QudsUnlike many other mosques in Hamburg which cater to Persians and the Turkish population, al-Quds served Hamburg's smaller Arab population.[4] Under leadership of Iman Mohammed al Fizazi, the mosque preached a radical version of Sunni Islam.[3] Other leaders at the mosque have included Sheik Azid al Kirani.[3]

    The prayer room for men is carpeted, located on the first floor, and can accommodate up to 400. It is one of the Masjids with a radical interpretation of Islam and its practice, namely the way of the Salaf As-Salih.[3]. On Fridays, the mosque usually had around 250 in attendance.[5]

    [edit] 2010 shut downThe mosque was shut down by German security officials in August 2010 amid suspi-cion that the mosque was again being used as a meeting place for Islamic extremists involved in the 2010 European terror plot.[6] [7][8] German authorities discovered that 10 members of the mosque had traveled to the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Shahab D., an Iranian at the mosque, had joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.[5]

    September 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  8. Lee

    Nicely written. People are bitter and they are looking for someone to blame. It was a hard thing to handle and I am sorry that the terrorists had to label themselves as Muslim and fighting for Islam. There are crazies everywhere, there are good people and there are bad people. That is the only two things that I can relate to. It really is time that humans start believing in humanity again. Hate is a disease that festers and if you call names, and blame, and belittle you are no better of a person then the bad person doing the bad deeds.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Karina

      Amen! you summed it up very well. i firmly believe in your opinion.

      October 9, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  9. Pliny

    A Danish newspaper prints mohammed cartoons...and muslims riot all over the earth.

    Yet when muslims murder 3000 Americans, you don't hear a PEEP out of them.

    Don't tell me that those 1.5 billion muslims don't support the terrorists.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • Pro

      Actually, thousands of our organizations, imams, and individuals have spoken out against before 9/11 and after 9/11. The media just chooses not to cover it. Here is a sample of some of them: http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_voices_against_extremism_and_terrorism_2/

      September 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Faraz

      Your comment is completely ignorant if you think 1.5 billion Muslims support terrorists. How can you talk, I bet you don't even know one Muslim.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Rainer Braendlein

    Mohamed Atta

    (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)

    Mohamed Atta:

    Born Mohamed Atta
    (in Arabic: محمد عطا)
    September 1, 1968(1968-09-01)
    Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt
    Died September 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 33)
    Manhattan, New York, United States
    Alma mater Cairo University
    Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg
    Religion Sunni Islam

    Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta (Arabic: محمد محمد الأمير عوض السيد عطا‎, Muḥammad Muḥammad al-Āmir ‘Awaḍ as-Sayyid ‘Aṭā) (September 1, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was one of the masterminds and the ringleader of the September 11 attacks who served as the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, crashing the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the coordinated attacks. [1][2][3][4]

    Born in 1968 in a small town in Egypt's Nile Delta, Atta moved with his family to the Abdeen section of Cairo at the age of 10. Atta studied architecture at Cairo University, graduating in 1990, and continued his studies in Hamburg, Germany at the Technical University of Hamburg. In Hamburg, Atta became involved with the al-Quds Mosque, where he met Marwan al-Shehhi, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Ziad Jarrah, together forming the Hamburg cell. Atta disappeared from Germany for periods of time, spending some time in Afghanistan, including several months in late 1999 and early 2000 when he met Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaeda leaders. Atta and the other Hamburg cell members were recruited by bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for the "planes operation" in the United States. Atta returned to Hamburg in February 2000, and began inquiring about flight training in the United States.

    Atta arrived in the United States, together with Marwan al-Shehhi, in June 2000. Both ended up in south Florida at Huffman Aviation where they entered the Accelerated Pilot Program. Atta and Shehhi obtained instrument ratings in November 2000, and continued training on simulators and flight training. Beginning in May 2001, Atta assisted with the arrival of the muscle hijackers. In July 2001, Atta traveled to Spain where he met with bin al-Shibh to exchange information and finalize the plot. In August, Atta traveled on surveillance flights to determine details on how the attacks could be carried out.

    In early September 2001, Atta traveled to Maryland, where fellow hijacker Hani Hanjour was at the time. Atta then traveled to Boston, and on September 10, with Abdulaziz al-Omari to Portland, Maine. On the morning of September 11, Atta and Omari traveled on Colgan Air back to Boston, where they boarded American Airlines Flight 11. Fifteen minutes into the flight, the team of hijackers attacked and Atta took over control of the aircraft. At 8:46 a.m., Atta crashed the Boeing 767 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.[5]

    September 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  11. Tjam

    Yeah, I agree. Stop apologizing. But every single Musilim should be busting his ass confronting the Muslim extremists. And some are.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  12. Reality

    It is very disturbing that religious narrow- mindedness, intolerance, violence and hatred continues unabated due to radomness of birth. Maybe just maybe if this fact would be published on the first page of every newspaper every day, that we would finally realize the significant stupidity of all religions.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  13. syed nayeem

    There will be no peace in any part of the world untill US stops its oneupmanship imperialism and blind support to Israels actions of suppressing Palestenian people . They Should be given just their land to leave in peace.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • Reality

      The USA's War on Terror and Aggression:

      An update (or how we are spending or how we have spent the USA taxpayers’ money to eliminate global terror and aggression)

      The terror and aggression via a Partial and Recent Body Count

      Unfortunately, the koranic/mosque driven acts of terror and horror continue:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      Continued below:
      Other elements of our War on Terror and Aggression:

      -Operation Iraqi Freedom- The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat, 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      – Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror,

      – Sa-dd-am, his sons and major he-nchmen have been deleted. Sa-dd-am's bravado about WMD was one of his major mistakes. Kuwait was saved.

      – Iran is being been contained. (beside containing the Sunni-Shiite civil war in Baghdad, that is the main reason we are in Iraq. And yes, essential oil continues to flow from the region.)

      – North Korea is still u-ncivil but is contained.

      – Northern Ireland is finally at peace.

      – The Jews and Palestinians are being separated by walls. Hopefully the walls will follow the 1948 UN accords. Unfortunately the Annapolis Peace Conference was not successful. And unfortunately the recent events in Gaza has put this situation back to “squ-are one”. And this significant stupidity is driven by the mythical foundations of both religions!!!

      – – Fa-na–tical Islam has basically been contained to the Middle East but a wall between India and Pakistan would be a plus for world peace. Ditto for a wall between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

      – Timothy McVeigh was exe-cuted. Terry Nichols escaped the death penalty twice because of deadlocked juries. He was sentenced to 161 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole,[3][7] and is incarcerated in ADX Florence, a super maximum security prison near Florence, Colorado. He shares a cellblock that is commonly referred to as "Bombers Row" with Ramzi Yousef and Ted Kaczynski

      – Eric Ru-dolph is spending three life terms in pri-son with no par-ole.

      – Jim Jones, David Koresh, Kaczynski, the "nuns" from Rwanda, and the KKK were all dealt with and either eliminated themselves or are being punished.

      – Islamic Sudan, Dar-fur and So-malia are still terror hot spots.
      – The terror and tor-ture of Muslims in Bosnia, Kosovo and Kuwait were ended by the proper application of the military forces of the USA and her freedom-loving friends. Ra-dovan Karadzic was finally captured on 7/23/08 and is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the law of war – charges related to the 1992-1995 civil war that followed Bosnia-Herzegovina's secession from Yugoslavia.

      The capture of Ratko Mladić: (Serbian Cyrillic: Ратко Младић, pronounced [râtkɔ mlǎːditɕ], born 12 March 1943[1][2]) is an accused war criminal and a former Bosnian Serb military leader. On May 31, 2011, Mladić was extradited to The Hague, where he was processed at the detention center that holds suspects for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).[3] His trial began on 3 June 2011.

      – the bloody terror brought about by the Ja-panese, Na-zis and Co-mmunists was with great difficulty eliminated by the good guys.

      – Bin Laden was executed for crimes against humanity on May 1, 2011
      Jesus like many was in the right place at the right time.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • davde

      what you gonna do? Kill somebody

      September 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  14. Howard G

    Aman Ali, writer and comedian has a bit of trouble with his math. Apparently he assumes only fifteen thousandths of a Muslim was responsible for the 19 highjackers commandeering the three plans on 9/11. If we estimate a few more than the 9/11 “19” were involved, say 150, then Aman Ali missed the target by 4 “nines”. His “99.999999999 percent” should be much closer to 99.99999 percent of Muslims directly involved. But the real problem for Islam is that of the world’s 1.5 billon Muslims there are many estimates that well over 10% supported the result of the events of 9/11. And if that is the case then only a single 9 percent “might” be valid if describing the number of Muslims that do or did not support the actions of the few Muslim radical terrorists of that day.
    I don’t expect nor want Aman Ali to apologize for other Muslims, but I expect “all citizens” of this country to condemn the actions of terrorists, including Muslim radical terrorists. To put it in perspective you won’t find 10% of Catholics supporting the actions taken during the Spanish Inquisition. It has been 10 years since the towers were destroyed and it looks to me like there are still over 10% of the worlds Muslims that would still like to destroy the USA, or perhaps move here.
    Aman Ali, writer and comedian has a bit of trouble with his math. Apparently he assumes only fifteen thousandths of a Muslim was responsible for the 19 highjackers commandeering the three plans on 9/11. If we estimate a few more than the 9/11 “19” were involved, say 150, then Aman Ali missed the target by 4 “nines”. His “99.999999999 percent” should be much closer to 99.99999 percent of Muslims directly involved. But the real problem for Islam is that of the world’s 1.5 billon Muslims there are many estimates that well over 10% supported the result of the events of 9/11. And if that is the case then only a single 9 percent “might” be valid if describing the number of Muslims that do or did not support the actions of the few Muslim radical terrorists of that day.
    I don’t expect nor want Aman Ali to apologize for other Muslims, but I expect “all citizens” of this country to condemn the actions of terrorists, including Muslim radical terrorists. To put it in perspective you won’t find 10% of Catholics supporting the actions taken during the Spanish Inquisition. It has been 10 years since the towers were destroyed and it looks to me like there are still over 10% of the worlds Muslims that would still like to destroy the USA, or perhaps move here.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
    • seraphim0

      Honestly... wow. You spent that entire diatribe (the majority of it) going over the mathematics of an obviously exagerrated statement. It's like me saying 99.99999 percent of all cola has HFCS in it- an inaccurate number, but in a general sampling, the vast majority.

      I hope every word you utter is literal truth an not hyperbole or 'general' in any way.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  15. naouar

    i don't recall that that we ever apologize for it!!!
    how can we as it's an american plot and we knew it from the start before the west start confessing their historical links with alqaid. they creat it to put us in chaos they should test some of it!
    AGAIN WE DON'T APOLOGIZE for things we didn't did as history will show to the next generations, how ugly the truth is!

    September 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  16. morten

    I had a TI-83 too – also played a lot of Tetris on it..

    September 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  17. Thedoc

    I completely agree. But just as you shouldn't have to apologize for being Muslim, I shouldn't have to continually apologize for being white in America. My people were immigrants, and due to my religion and country of origin, I was at the bottom of the proverbial food chain for almost all of American immigration, up until the last forty or fifty years as a "people". Now, all of a sudden thoug, I'm suddenly of acceptable heritage and just labeled as white, and thus the bad guy in all situations. Apologizing for anything, be it race, religion, country of origin, etc, is just ridiculous. Politically correctedness is making us all bend over backwards.
    America is and should be about saying "I'm not saying my way is the only way, I'm saying this is who I am, what I believe, and I am not responsible for the ridiculous actions of others. I protect my first amendment rights by not impeding on the rights of others. Do not lump the extremists in anyone else, chances are they are alone in their beliefs/conducts and as such, should be judged on their character independently."
    Brava for your post, thanks for voicing what everyone needs to be reminded of, not just of Muslims, but of all peoples.
    Shalom.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  18. larry

    He claims Islam condemns terrorism. They have a funny way of showing it.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  19. Hypatia

    Listen, I'm only a 3rd gen American myself by a hair: one grandparent had the good fortune to be born here within days of arriving via Halifax back in 1899. I've still been expected to apologise continuously for the Indian massacres that occurred when every forebear of my own geneaology was digging turnips in Moldava. I've had to apologise for slavery even though my own Roma ancestors were slaves. It sometimes can be annoying but I'm educated enough to understand that this is part of assimilation and healing. So keep on apologising and expect to for a very long time. It never kills anyone to say 'I'm sorry'.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  20. SuperBukowski

    It takes almost NO energy to say, "I'm sorry." What's the big deal? I can say it for the next 50 years! Don't be so weak.

    September 8, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • A Theist

      To apologise means to admit guilt. That is the issue the author has with Muslims apologising: they aren't the guilty ones.

      September 8, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
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